News and Events
March 2014: Congratulations to Prof. Ellen Gawalt, winner of the 2014 Bayer School Award for Excellence in Teaching and Prof. Tomislav Pintauer, winner of the 2014 Bayer School Award for Excellence in Scholarship and the 2014 University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship!
March 2014: Alumnae Kristine Deibler (Chemistry '12) and Sara Katrancha (Biochemistry '13) were just awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. They join Ashley Biernesser (Chemistry '11) and Matt J. Wilding Taylor (Chemistry '11) as Duquesne Chemistry alums who currently hold NSF Fellowships. Sara is in the neuroscience program in the Yale School of Medicine and Kristine is studying chemistry at Northwestern University. Congratulations to both!
March, 2014: Congratulations to our newest Goldwater Scholars, Ben Jagger and Sarah Kochanek. Ben and Sarah join Biochemistry major Sara Katrancha (2013-14 Goldwater Scholar) as the first three Goldwater Scholars in Duquesne's history. Their selection is a tribute not only to their exceptional talent and hard work, but also to the dedicated teaching and mentoring our students receive from the Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty.
March 10, 2014: Professor Jennifer Aitken co-authored a guest editorial titled "Celebrating Crystallography" in the American Chemical Society's magazine Chemical & Engineering News to highlight 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography.
February, 2014: Professor and Department Chair Dr. Ralph Wheeler was elected to the governing board of the Council for Chemical Research. The CCR is a coalition of academic, industrial, and government labs dedicated to "Improving Chemical Innovation through Collaboration and Advocacy" in chemistry and chemical engineering. The CCR organizes conferences, issues policy statements, lobbies the Federal government on behalf of science, and presents awards to leaders in the field.
February 2014: Congratulations to Dr. Anna Blice-Baum, PhD '13, winner of Duquesne's 2014 Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Sciences! Dr. Blice-Baum is currently a postdoc a Johns Hopkins University. Her award marks the second year in a row that a graduate from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has won the Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Sciences. (Last year's winner was Dr. Kristen Kruszewski.)
February, 2014: Congratulations to graduate student Bernandie Jean, winner of a Chuck Cooper Foundation Scholarship, sponsored by Highmark.
February 1, 2014: Duquesne hosted the 2014 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences Region 7 Symposium and all the feedback has been great. Thanks to all the volunteers; we're especially proud of our ACS Student Members!! Thanks also to our Gold sponsor, Bayer Corporation, and to our other sponsors, Fischer Scientific, Lanxess, and VWR International. The event is described here and here.
November 22, 2013: Congratulations to Emma Burnett and her proud mother, Dr. Johanna Burnett, PhD '13. Emma used our NSF-funded SEM facility for her science fair project and was named one of only 30 finalists from across the nation! Emma got to meet President Obama and had a planet named after her. Emma describes her experience here!
April 27, 2011: Sara Katrancha, a sophomore biochemistry major at Duquesne University, received an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship for 2011. Read more.